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Senior Puntland Official Defects To Somaliland,
Abdillahi Yusuf’s Regime Crumbling From within
ISSUE 109
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Index

Headlines

- Students Uprising Of Feb 20th Observed By SONYO
- Senior Puntland Official Defects To Somaliland,
Abdillahi Yusuf’s Regime Crumbling From within

- Hargeisa Urban Household Economy Assessment
Part X

- Dire Conditions In The Togdheer Region - Fews Net

- Nun Who Saw It All And Died With The Story

Business

- Defying Mayhem, Somali Plans Coca-Cola Venture

International News

- U.S. General Visiting Ethiopia Warns That A Clear Terrorist Threat Exists In East Africa

- Somali Was A Flight Risk In US

- Pakistani Said to Have Given Libya Uranium

- Double Agent Plan U.S. Attempt to Turn Al Qaeda Suspect Into U.S. Informant Soured by Press Leak

- Immigrants Celebrate Britishness With New Ceremony

- Reflections On Multicultural Immigration's Threat To Women

- How Fidel Castro Convinced The Former USSR To Abandon Siyad Barre In Favor Of Mengistu

Law

- Woman Asks Bush To Let Her Somali Husband Return
The call from the White House came Wednesday night

People

- Iman The Somali Model Facing Boycott

Editorial & Opinions

- KULMIYE's Leaders

- Reflections On Somaliland & Africa’s Territorial Order, Part: III

- Again Opposition Party Member Goes to Jail in Borama: How Sad!

- The Self Defeated Colonel

- The Colonel's Bluff


Hargeisa, Feb 21, 2004 (SL Times) – Mr. Hassan Mahmud Dhiilood,
Puntland’s minister of education arrived in Hargeisa on Thursday after
defecting to Somaliland's authorities earlier this week.

News about the defection of the Sanag-born official was first reported
following his sudden arrival in Erigavo last Monday night. Mr. Hassan
Dhiilood who is from the Dhulbahante clan, has declared allegiance to
Somaliland.

In addition to his job as education minister, Mr. Dhiilood also served
as Abdillahi Yusuf’s war secretary for the Las-Anod area.

His switch of allegiance is seen by observers as a triumph for
Somaliland and a serious political setback for Puntland’s warlord,
Abdillahi Yusuf.

In a brief statement he made after arriving in Hargeisa, Mr. Dhiilood
thanked the people and the government of Somaliland for the warm
welcome they had given him since arriving back in the country.

Mr. Dhiilood said he was returning to his own country and home and,
“for that reason, I wasn’t surprised by the warm reception accorded to
me.”

Meanwhile, Abdillahi Yusuf’s regime is crumbling from within.
Opposition is mounting in Puntland against the decision by the
rubber-stamp parliament to extend the period of Abdillahi
Yusuf’s rule by 2 more years. Most Puntlanders reject the extension of
Abdillahi Yusuf's mandate.

The minister of Fisheries, Abdirizak Shaandoon, and the minister of
Finance, Abdirahman Faroole, have both declared their opposition to
the mandate given to Abdillahi Yusuf to rule Puntland for 2 more
years.

Warlord Abdillahi Yusuf first took power in Puntland in 1998. After
his first term expired in 2000, he refused to hold elections.

The warlord’s insistence to cling to power is expected to face stiff
resistance from major segments of the population.

 

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